Mongolia: In Search of the Snow Leopard
A Rare Chance to Track the Elusive Cat with WWF Scientists in Western Mongolia
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
$10,995 (10-12 trip participants)
$12,995 (4-9 trip participants)
$13,995 (1-3 trip participants)
Single Supp.: $500
Internal Air: $800 (subject to change)
Prices are given in US Dollars.
Please note: You will be charged at the highest rate listed above, for either double or single occupancy, upon booking. We will adjust your price based on the number of travelers booked on the trip at approximately 45 days prior to departure. You will be refunded any applicable amount at this time.
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Location of AdventureMongolia
Group Size LimitApproximately 12 Travelers
A very important feature of our Mongolia trip is the limited group size, as remote nature and wildlife expeditions are best experienced with a small group of travelers.
IncludedAirport transfers, accommodations, land transportation, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, safe drinking water, all camping gear, services of an NHE Expedition Leader, local guides and staff, some gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Not IncludedTravel to and from the start and end points of the trip (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), passport fees, internal flights within Mongolia, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, internet, etc.), alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Medical Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for all Natural Habitat Expeditions trips. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage provided by Natural Habitat, note that the cost of a medical evacuation policy will be added to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage, including your insurance company’s name and contact number, and your insurance policy number.
Physical RequirementsThis trip is rated Extreme Adventure
Expedition participants must be in good physical condition. While tracking snow leopards and other fauna, the hiking can be long and challenging. Expect to hike 4 to 8 hours (with breaks) each day over mountainous terrain at altitude, with much of our route over a trailless landscape—but the terrain is truly spectacular and worth every effort. The number of miles we hike each day often depends on local weather conditions as well as the position of the wildlife we are tracking. Although we anticipate primarily pleasant weather, winds can sometimes be very strong, making our efforts more strenuous. Hikers will carry only light day packs, with camping and other personal gear carried in our vehicles. As we will have vehicles at our disposal in some areas, there may be opportunities to return to camp earlier than the rest of the group for those who choose.
The amount of time spent in vehicles will also vary. On some days we anticipate drives in excess of 6 to 8 hours, including stops. If we experience good weather with dry ground and low rivers, our drive times may be shorter. However, if we should encounter rain or flooding, our pace will be slower and we may need to travel greater distances in order to find passable bridges and suitable locations for our campsite. Also keep in mind that most of our travel will take place in rugged and very bumpy off-road conditions.
In these remote areas, the group will camp in mobile Mongolian gers (yurts) or dome tents, with foldable cots, portable field toilets and hot-water camping showers. There will be no electricity or running water.
The individual and collective success of this expedition depends upon each participant assessing his or her own abilities to take part in a trip of this nature. If you have any questions or doubts about your suitability for this trip, please give us a call to discuss it further.
Important Information About This TripThe snow leopard is one of the planet’s most elusive and difficult to spot animals. While on our tracking excursions we may see signs of the presence of resident snow leopards. Keep in mind, however, that although numbers are relatively high in these areas, actual sightings of this rare and endangered feline are very infrequent.
The itinerary provided is meant as a guideline only. Our daily routes and activities will be determined by local weather conditions, as well as the best location for wildlife viewing and overnight camp sites.